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While its direct path is still uncertain, Floridians are preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irma, which could hit the state as early as Sunday. Here are some useful links and tips collected by our NewFM Climate Resilience team that community members can use to prepare for any potential storm or emergency event.
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WHAT TO DO NOW:
- Begin Assembling an Emergency Preparedness Kit. The Red Cross and Ready South Florida have a number of examples of what supplies you should have on hand in preparation for the storm. Links from other municipalities and a basic list is also included below. The Sun Sentinel also has a great list of links, including an interactive survey that produces a suggested shopping list for your household.
- Create a household evacuation plan that includes your pets. If you have to leave your home, do you know where to go? What should family members be responsible for? Create a plan using these general tips for the Red Cross and information about evacuation sites. For example, here are some FAQs from Miami Dade County about evacuations, the location of the nearest center, and how to determine what storm surge evacuation zone you live in.
- Stay informed about your community’s risk and response plans. Follow the News and municipal government twitter accounts for the latest information.
- CBS4 has a good hurricane and tropical storm tracking page
- Want to know how close you are to the nearest hurricane shelter? Click here to view a list of Hurricane Shelters in Miami Dade, Broward & Monroe Counties compiled by NBC6. Here is a list of Duval County’s Evacuation Shelter information.
- Here are official county hurricane preparedness guides: Miami-Dade| Broward | Palm Beach |Monroe |Duval
- Have pets? Here’s a hurricane checklist and guide provided by the Humane Society of Greater Miami.
- The Emergency Management Departments of Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach have a combined hurricane preparedness mini-site called Ready South Florida that has tips for creating a family plan and activities for kids to learn about preparedness.
WHAT YOU NEED: Basic Hurricane Supplies
- Flashlights & extra bulbs
- Battery-operated radio
- Battery-operated lanterns
- Batteries (in different sizes)
- First aid kit
- Duct tape
- Rain gear
- Non-Perishable Foods
- On Hand Cash
Other Helpful Tips:
- Have cash on Hand
- Have all important documents in Hand in case you need to evacuate
- Have a plan to stay in contact with family from out of state to ensure your safety if you lose communication
- Do not park your car under a tree
- Fill up gas in cars
- Charge all cell phones and laptops
- Protect all windows
- Remove all patio furniture
- Fill up bathtub to ensure that you have clean drinking water